Wine Tourism gains a significant importance regarding the tourism offer in the region. The proof lies in the creation of the Wine Museum by the Regional Government of the Azores, based in The Carmelitas Convent, in Madalena village, Pico island. Here one can find some of the most relevant cultural aspects related to the wine culture in the Azores.
Hand in hand with wine tourism, the Azorean gastronomy is a true delight for regional food lovers, with each island providing their unique recipes. On the Azores, fish and seafood abound. Presented in the most diverse ways, tuna, of smooth flavour and textures, the octopus stewed in wine, or the tender and tasty lobsters are the most appreciated. Regarding the meat dishes, the most typical menus are the regional beef steak, the rump steak of Terceira and the unparalleled Cozido das Furnas, (boiled meat dish) one of the most emblematic dishes of this island region, which is unique for being cooked underground, with the natural heat released from the volcanic activity of São Miguel Island. The cheeses and delicatessen are also must-eat delicacies, among them the sausage and the cheese from São Jorge. As for the sweets, the conventual sweets gain special relevance with the range of typical cakes and sweets from each island, among them the Bolo Lêvedo, original from Furnas, and the Azores honey, a high quality product with Protected Designation of Origin.